Roob vs. Spadaro: What to expect from Orton

Roob vs. Spadaro: What to expect from Orton

December 27, 2013, 6:15 pm
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With the NFC East title on the line Sunday night in Dallas, the Eagles will not face Tony Romo, who was officially ruled out after undergoing back surgery Friday (see story).

Instead, Kyle Orton will be under center for the Cowboys in the biggest game of the season -- for both teams.

What should the Eagles expect Sunday from the 31-year-old?

"I think with Kyle Orton, you're not going to get that wild, crazy 400-yard game and five touchdowns," Eagles columnist Reuben Frank said on Thursday's edition of Philly Sports Talk. "We've seen Tony Romo at his worst, where he can't even complete a five-yard out. With Kyle Orton, he's a professional quarterback.

"He's started close to 80 games in the NFL. He's beaten the Eagles a couple years ago with the Bears. He's a professional. I think the Eagles should have their way with him, but you can't go in there saying, 'Alright.' … As long as we have Joe Webb in our memory, we know what can happen."

As Dave Spadaro, the insider for the Eagles' official site, recalled, Frank called Romo the "best pure passer in the league" earlier in the year.

“He may be the best, he’s one of the best. And I’ll stand by that,” Frank said. “I’ll tell you what, what you get with Romo, you get extremes. All his games against the Eagles have been very, very good or very, very bad."